I am a huge fan of baby wearing, and am becoming an advocate for it as well. There are lots of great reasons to baby wear, and I think it is such a great thing for both the baby and the parents, that every family should at least try it to see how it works for them.
Also, my wonderful cousin Elizabeth, gave me a ring sling as a gift and encouraged me to wear my baby by showing me how she did it with her then 10 month old son. I didn’t use the ring sling much when Kaelyn was younger, but from about 5 months until just recently, it was really the main way that I wore her, as she grew out of the pouch sling, and the ring sling has a more adjustable fit. I even convinced Jer to wear Kaelyn a few times in the ring sling, just around the house, when she was fussy or tired and needed to be comforted. I thought that I took a picture of him, but I can’t seem to find it. He didn’t really want people to know that he wore it, so he might have erased all of the evidence! 🙂
I have also breastfed Kaelyn a few times in the sling when out in public places, and it was a nice way cover up, you can put the tail of the sling over your shoulder for even more coverage, and remove distractions for her.
Now, I have just recently moved on to a mei tai carrier, which is an Asian inspired carrier. I just got my BabyHawk last Friday and tried it out for the first time at Cedar Point on Saturday. I am already in love!! It has padded double straps for both shoulders and also ties around your waist, so the babes weight is more evenly distributed across your shoulders and hips, which is great now that Kaelyn is getting heavier and the sling was starting to hurt my back and shoulder if I wore it for too long. With a mei tai you can carry your baby on either your front on your back. It is a little trickier than a sling to use because you have to wrap the straps around and tie them tightly and securly. But, Kaelyn took two great naps in it, and my sister-in-law Hannah also used it to carry her 2 1/2 year old on her back when she was too tired to walk on her own. I also think you could use a mei tai to breastfeed pretty discretely, but I haven’t figured that out quite yet. In this pic Kaelyn is fast asleep and enjoying being close to mama!
For much more information about baby wearing check out TheBabyWearer.com.